Sisters in Arms: A Father Remembers
The Father of Michelle Witmer, first female National Guard Member to be killed-in-action, recounts his daughters’ story.
Summary: Sisters in Arms is a twenty-first century war story – the Witmer family’s personal war story. Michelle Witmer was the first female National Guard member in history to be killed in action and one of three sisters serving together in Iraq
in the spring of 2004. The controversy created by her parents’ appeal to have their surviving daughters reassigned to duties outside the war zone generated headlines around the globe and brought to light the complex issues surrounding the Army’s policy on compassionate reassignment.
Sisters in Arms underscores the changing role of women in the military while sharing the deeply personal story of a family’s struggle to come to terms with profound loss. Using the letters, emails and phone calls received during their deployment, John Witmer describes his daughters’ experiences in Iraq and provides insight into both the lives of soldiers and the families who wait for them.
By weaving Michelle Witmer’s writing into his book, John Witmer has given life to one of his daughter’s dreams. “Michelle wanted to write a book about her time in Baghdad,” recounts Witmer, “She told us so on more than one occasion; this book is Michelle’s legacy and I’ve made sure her story is passed down to future generations.”The book was released by Library Lane Publishing and is available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com or through lulu.com. A Kindle Edition is slated for release later this summer.
“There’s a story and a family behind every fallen soldier. Only when we embrace these stories do we truly value the sacrifice of our service men and women.”
John Witmer, Author of Sisters in Arms